Sureasyouwereborn favoured in the Riverton Cup

Sureasyouwereborn wins the Dunedin Cup from My Chino (red cap) and Eva Keeneva. The trio meet again in the Riverton Cup ...
TAYLER STRONG

Sureasyouwereborn wins the Dunedin Cup from My Chino (red cap) and Eva Keeneva. The trio meet again in the Riverton Cup on Saturday.

The connections of Sureasyouwereborn will be looking for a change of luck for their mare in the Riverton Cup on Saturday.

Sureasyouwereborn was held up in tight quarters late in the South Island Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes at Riccarton on March 21. The Tapanui stayer got clear at the 200m and finished sixth. 

She was winding up again at the post and jockey Kylie Williams thought the mare would have finished third without the interruption. 

Her fourth two starts back was in the Invercargill Cup (February 14) when she over-raced and received buffeting at the 1100m.

"It was a good effort when nothing went right," said Williams, who has not won a Riverton Cup.

"She can't get going on the corners and has to get balanced up before letting down." 

Co-trainer Nikki Blatch said Sureasyouwereborn preferred to be "rolling along" in races and would suit the roomy Riverton track. She won the Dunedin Cup on the big Wingatui course.

Blatch and training partner husband, Barrie, are satisfied with their mare's condition and training for the Riverton Cup.

"I'm pretty happy where she's at . . . I can't fault her," Nikki said.

Sureasyouwereborn is being considered for the Group III $100,000 Canterbury Gold Cup at Riccarton on April 18. The New Zealand Cup at Riccarton in November is a possible spring target.

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The Blatches have only had one starter in a Riverton Cup —  Likes To Rule, who finished 10th in 2007.

Nikki said Wild Bill, the first emergency for Saturday's Cup, would be a dangerous lightweight, if he gained entry to the race.  

 - The Southland Times

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